The vessel was in dry dock for a ten-day repair at Damen Shiprepair Brest as one of her two 360°steerable thrusters needed repair.
“In this connection, we were in charge of coordinating receipt, storage and delivery of ship spares and supplies, crew transfers and further agency assistance to the vessel”, says Alexandre Blanc, Blue Water Brest, who coordinated the yard stay.
“Île d’Aix” was built in 1992 in Singapore and purchased by French Louis Dreyfus Armateurs in 2011. The 151-metre cable layer, now owned and operated by Alcatel Submarine Networks, can load 3,500 tons of cable (five tanks), accommodate 244 people and is equipped with a helideck, gantry and four cranes.
“Ile d’Aix” is a cable ship dedicated to submarine fibre optic cable system repair operations. Therefore, her refurbishment and standby period are to be kept as short and efficient as possible to ensure she is operationally ready at any time when called upon from our customers. Blue Water Shipping’s assistance and services during the dry dock, port call and bunkering operations have been greatly appreciated and have undoubtedly contributed to the success of this port call”, says Thomas FABRY, Offshore Operations Manager, Alcatel Submarine Networks Marine.